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Rebirth by nellmckellar Rebirth by nellmckellar
This was done for Epilogue's "Season of Renewal" competetion, with artists creating what comes to mind when thinking about the concept of renewal. I chose to do something symbolic- not unlike the celtic myth of the selkies, or a snake shedding its skin. I think the theme is pretty straigt-forward, so I won't elaborate.
I haven't got a snowflake's chance in hell of winning, but I really don't care anymore. This piece has deep personal significance to me, and I have impressed my harshest critic (myself), so I am content.
I was thinking I might add some more detail, then again, I could get over-zealous and wreck the piece completely...

This piece is dedicated to anyone who is starting a new phase in their life.

Oh yeah, and I couldn't fit the whole piece onto the scanner, so check any updates on this to see the whole thing.
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:iconaeryael:
aeryael Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   Digital Artist
The effect of the shedded skin is superb. Looks very realistic.
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MISSYFLASH Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
intense!!
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:iconaixado:
aixado Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
beautiful work!!
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MelancholyMuse110 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
This is beyond beautiful. I love the symbolism, and the contrast of colors. A new fave!
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EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Beautiful done!:heart:
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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devineworrior Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Amazing job and very meaning full i,m glad to see some one uses nudity in an artistic way instead of trying to call porn art. i also think the whole thing is very vibrate and very well done. i got some good art on my page but rather you like or not is you,r opinon. so please check out my gallery and tell me what you think?
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:icontinuviels-song:
Tinuviels-song Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
It's beautiful, and everything about it speaks volumes. Thank you for posting it. =]
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:iconcelticabria:
celticabria Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
wow this the concept the picture the drawing the colour... just gorgeous...!!
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GlazwingtainT Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
undeniably moving and gorgeous
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:iconninjacat11:
ninjacat11 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Interesting idea you've got going here. Kinda reminds me of a Dali piece.
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:iconk-ayu:
K-ayu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting conceptual piece - I like it =)
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:iconaylaelphabamidna:
AylaElphabaMidna Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Incredible!!! Sort of Salvador Dali-esque, which I love.
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:iconkyria:
kyria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I absolutely love this picture. :)
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
Thanks :)
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:iconpavati:
pavati Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
wow, this is amazing, it is totally not my style, but i still love it!! *faves*
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:iconskjon:
skjon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006
great work
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LyndseyLittle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
That's scary and beautiful at the same time!!! 0_o
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
Why thank you :)
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LyndseyLittle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
you're welcome! It's a very nice picture! ^_^
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Bakoyma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
This is another one of the items here that I liked before I read how it came to be, and then really loved... I can absolutely relate to you progress and process with this one and I just thought I'd tell you that I am adding it to my favs. It's brilliant.
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
Aww thanks so much. :) I should really submit a new scan of this, though. This one is just terrible!!
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ArwenGwyn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005
Simply beautiful! and relevant to so many lives. :+fav:
my only complaint is that she has no pubic hair.. people come with hair.. Even people from the far north have hair. -is it just a cultural thing why hairs not shown in art and waxed on porn models?
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005
I was taking some artistic license with this piece, copying the style of how naked women were depicted in classical paintings. The lack of pubic hair in both classical art and some vintage soft-pornography (it used to be air-brushed out) was often because pubic hair was considered too erotic. I guess I wanted to de-sexualise this piece.
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ArwenGwyn Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005
Ah, that makes sense. :) Thanks for explaining. :hug:
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Another marvelously expressive painting. May the pain of "Under My Skin" flower into renewal.
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DesignerFreak Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004
This is absolutely amazing, I'm speechless! It reminds me of when a snake sheds it's skin... It's beautiful! The way she has come out so young and fresh... I love it! Well done! It's really inspiring! :clap:
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2004
Oh thank you very much. I am glad you found beauty in it. :)
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Accused Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004   Photographer
I love the symbolism in this painting. I like the idea of sheading the old skin for the new, makes me think of a new start. very nice job. :clap::clap:
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MoonlightMaiden Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
thats so beautiful and intense
i love it
+fav
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Simonne Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004
I've experienced this once in my life... it was like a breath of crisp fresh air.
May I ask you, what medium is this? Did you use colored pencils, and what kind were they?
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004
It was done in watercolour and white gouache. ;)
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:iconsimonne:
Simonne Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
Thanks for letting me know!
Gouache, huh? Now there's a new word. It must be some sort of paint, I think. Like a transparent paint?
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
It's sorta like a mix between acrylics and watercolours...you can get watercolour effects with it, but it's also got more substance.
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:iconsimonne:
Simonne Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2004
Sounds interesting. Maybe someday I'll be able to work with that medium. Thanks for telling me about it :hug:
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Sleepwalking-Dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004
I think the way that her hair flows out in the wind is so beautiful. One can almost feel the refreshing breeze, and smell the breath of springtime upon it.

~ Sleepwalking-Dreamer
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
*Sigh!* Ah, thank you so much. :)
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:iconkil1k:
kil1k Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
i love your style :)
i remember having seen a book for children with illustrations looking like some of your works, but yours are so full of motion and emotions...
great colors , pose, and meaning, i love it
:+fav: of course :D
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004
Thank you for your lovely comment- it means heaps to me. :)
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:iconkil1k:
kil1k Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
you're very welcome...i'm happy i've found your page and your art :)
sometimes i regret the quantity of average works on deviantart, and i'm happy when i find great like yours...
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004
:blushes: I feel very humble!
There is a lot of average stuff here...haha. But still some really great artists too... :)
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:iconkil1k:
kil1k Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
yes, of course :)
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childproof Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely wonderful! i'm definately feeling this piece now..me just moving n starting a whole new thing in my life :)
amazing piece!
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2004
Excllent! I am happy you can relate to it. :)
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:iconmoonduster:
moonduster Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2004
This is really beautiful! I love her hair and the backgorund! :)
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Skyejcb Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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LinAt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I think no pic can show us "a new life" better, than that picture.
This is very pure and beautyfull.
I'm not very good at this kind of words... So I just wanna say, it's really a picture that you can feel... I'm amazed...
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2004
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. I am deeply touched.
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SelinaFenech Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2004  Professional General Artist
Wow, it's really beautiful! Has a great feeling to it, it really moves me.
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:iconnellmckellar:
nellmckellar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2004
Thanks heaps, Selina. :)
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